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Check this page regularly for the Earth Sciences Seminar Series schedule as well as Special Seminars hosted by the Department. Microbial controls on biogeochemical carbon cycling in marine sediments

Rockfest Seminar Schedule


ES Seminars Schedule 2021 – 2022 are being presented online. 

Check each individual seminar for details on how to join – times and days will vary, including the time zones!





Eastern Time

Dr Sandra Taylor

Resolving crystal growth and incorporation mechanisms at the nanoscale using atom probe tomography”





Eastern Time

Catherine Macris

Purdue University
Mineral Society of America Distinguished Lecturer






Eastern Time

D.A Kellett

“Thermochronological record of the northern Canadian Shield”
Geological Survey of Canada,



Eastern Time


Are metamorphic microdiamonds from Bohemia forever?
Jana Kotková
Czech Geological Survey, Prague, and Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic




Eastern Time

M. MacInnis,
University of Alberta

The iron-oxide problem, and the carbonate-sulfate solution
Abstract and Bio

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 4074 2474
Passcode: 482994

Join by Skype for Business


06-Jan-22 12PM Eastern Time

Dr. Nita Sahai

University of Akron

Coevolution of Biomolecules by Mineral -and Metal-Catalysis in the Emergence of Life
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 4467 2779
Passcode: 776444





2 PM Eastern Time

Zhongwen Zhan,
California Institute
of Technology

Geophysical sensing on submarine cables: a cocktail of two communities 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 0883 4896
Passcode: 839830


12 PM Eastern Time

Thomas Kruijer,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Isotopic constraints on early Solar System evolution and planetary differentiation

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 4001 6763
Passcode: 810946


12 PM Eastern Time

Danielle Fraser, Canadian Museum of Nature The role of biotic interactions in the evolution of Cenozoic (66 Ma – present) mammal communities

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 844 3573 0374 
Passcode: 761002 


12 PM Eastern Time

Marc Laflamme, UTM The Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory – a multidisciplinary, undergraduate, team-based capstone research project  


12 PM Eastern Time

Jim Mungall

Carleton University

GAC 2021 Howard Street Robinson Medalist

How do layers form in layered intrusions (and why should we care)”.

Abstract and bio for Jim can be viewed here.

Join Zoom Meeting 



Meeting ID: 850 8265 3952 

Passcode: 194642 


12 PM Eastern Time

Chen Zhu,
Indiana University 

2021-2022 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer

How Are Geochemical Reactions in Aquifers Connected to Climate Change Mitigation?


Seminar Room ES 2093
Earth Sciences Building


17 September 2020

Zoom meeting at noon Eastern Time

Laura Waters
New Mexico Institute of Technology

Mineralogical Society of America’s distinguished lecturer

Why doesn’t continental crust evolve to its fullest potential?

Register for this Seminar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqceCgqjosG9Ax8rCSKwwgXRUJ5lfJj0m9

01 October 2020  Noon

John Geissman
University of Texas at Dallas



22 October 2020

*Special Seminar*


Judith Kinnard



The Bushveld Complex, South Aftrica – The First Hundred Years

A tribute to Tony Naldrett


05 November 2020



Philips Ahzegbobor Aizebeokhai

Near-surface characterization using geoelectrical resistivity method: field examples, challenges and opportunities

19 November 2020


Mads Huuse


Glaciation of the North Sea Basin

14 January 2021


Sarah Hirschorn

Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Characterizing Sites for a Deep Geological Repository for Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel

28 January 2021


Stephanie Olsen

Purdue University

Oxygenic Photosynthesis on an Anoxic Earth: Implications for Exoplanet Life Detection

11 February 2021


Zachary E. Ross

California Institute of Technology

3D fault architecture controls the dynamism of earthquake swarms

Past Seminars:

ES Seminars Schedule 2019 – 2020

Time: Noon (unless otherwise stated)

Place: ES2093 “Seminar Room”

12 September 2019 Noon Sarah Gleeson
GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
Dan Gregory SEDEX Diagenesis, Sulfur, and Giant Zn Deposits
03 October 2019  Noon John Jamieson
Memorial University
Melissa Anderson VHMS Ore-forming processes on the seafloor – understanding the difference between black smoker vent fields and the formation of metal-rich massive sulfide mineral deposits

16 October 2019

*Special Geophysics Seminar*


Marion Jegen-Kulcsar



17 October 2019

Joubin James Lecturer


Andrei Swidinsky
Colorado School of MInes

Qinya Liu Geophysics From the seafloor to the solar wind: Applied geophysics, electromagnetic fields and 21st century problems

23 October 2019
*Special Geophysics Seminar*


Heloise Lynn
Lynn Inc.


SEG – Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2019 Honorary Lecturer

Azimuthal P-P seismic measurements:  Past, present, and future

5 November 2019
*Special Geophysics Seminar*


Alastair McClymont
Advisian, Calgary,

Charly Bank


The Forgotten Holocaust – Geophysical Investigations at World War 2 Extermination Sites in Lithuania
14 November 2019  Noon Kim Lau Dan Gregory U istotope Tracking Anoxia in Ancient Oceans: Insights from uranium isotopes

21 November 2019

Joubin James Lecture


Alberto Vitale Brovarone
University of Turin

Xu Chu  

Abiotic hydrocarbons on Earth: controversial theories, serpentinization, and new perspectives from subduction zones


28 November 2019  Noon Alison Malcolm  Qinya Lui Seismic

Using Lab and Numerical Experiments to Better Understand the Recovery of Rocks After Strong Earthquakes

 09 January 2020  Noon Verena Heuer  Barbara Sherwood Lollar IODP deep biosphere

Exploring the limits of Earth’s habitability by scientific ocean drilling: The impact of temperature on microbial life and carbon flow in deep sub-seafloor sediments

 23 January 2020  Noon Erasmus Oware  Charly Bank geophysics

Agricultural Geophysics: New Opportunities in applications of Geophysics

06 February 2020

 Noon Eileen van der Flier-Keller   Charly Bank geoscience education Empowering students to Communicate Science: the SFU experience
27 February 2020  Noon Britta Jensen Sarah Finkelstein quaternary

Extending the reach of volcanic ash: cryptotephra in eastern North America

12 March 2020  Noon John Geissman
Sandra Kamo   Paleomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy of Upper Permian to Lower Triassic (?) Beaufort Group Strata in the Karoo Basin, South Africa: Where is the Permian-Triassic Boundary and Can We “See Through” the Effects of Karoo Large Igneous Province Magmatism? (along with some other musings)
20 March 2020  Noon Laura Waters
Dan Gregory   Why doesn’t continental crust evolve to its fullest potential?

Other Seminars

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the seminar room at Earth Sciences is closed and the groups listed below ay have mhave changed their meetings to online.

2019 – 2020 Geophysics Seminar Series

KEGS Seminars are held in the Seminar Room – ES2093 during the regular term

TGDG GTA events

Walker Mineralogical Club meets in ES2093 monthly.